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Pokerholdem.com: Texas Holdem Poker Strategies

Strategies

3-Betting & 3-Betting Light

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The 3-betting light concept adds an extra advantage to the game of poker and makes it less monotonous and dull, even when you are winning money with your current strategy.

3-betting will transform your game if you are a mid-stake player in the same way your game was transformed when you first discovered the continuation bet.

The 3-betting notion has better results in mid-stakes poker games between $50NL and $200NL.

Different Poker playing styles

Estilo en el poker

You may already know that there are certain combinations of words that are used to describe the way in which a player plays at a poker table.

These are the characteristic playing styles used with poker players:

  • Tight- aggressive (TAG)
  • Loose-aggressive (LAG)
  • Tight-passive
  • Loose tight-passive

But what exactly is to be selective, very selective, aggressive or passive in poker Texas Hold'em? And which style is the best?

The strategy in Turbo Poker Tournaments

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The popularity of turbo poker tournaments increases every day at online poker rooms, which usually offer turbo, super turbo and sometimes also extreme turbo poker competitions.

These turbo Sit and Go tournaments are specially atractive for players who want fast entertainment at poker tables, because usually they don't last long.

Since these tournaments have a particualrly speedy blind structure, they are not easy to play and you need a strategy different to that you regularly use in Sit and Go tournaments.

The Small Blind Strategy

In poker Texas Hold'em the small blind becomes a tricky position to play from. If you use some kind of software, like Poker Office for example, to monitor your performance in each position at the poker table, you'll see that overall the small is a losing position.

Not even the best poker players in the world find it easy to win money from the small blind, that is how it works.

Whenever you are playing in the small blind, your goal is to reduce the amount of money you will lose in order to increase your general wins from the other seats.

How to Play Drawing Hands

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It usually happens in poker Texas hold’em that you get a hand with the potential to become a monster hand but you are one card short to complete it. This is what we call a ‘drawing hand’ since you engage in a draw in order to get a particular card or kind of card.

This is a difficult hand to play particularly when you have to face bets and raises and you need to decide if you want to call or not. This article will help you learn how to play drawing hands and will give you tips to decide if you should fold or call when you face a bet.

Poker Metagame

Metajuego

You are probably reading this article because you want to find out what the poker metagame concept means in order to expand your knowledge of the game, so let's start explaining it.

Multiple Level Thinking

Pensando en multiples niveles

Every time you play poker, you should make your best effort to be smarter and out-think your opponents and the way to do this is by keeping one step ahead all the time. This is what gives people who think clearly through situations and act upon them an extra advantage.

If you don't manage to put different pieces of information together to see the bigger picture in each poker hand, you'll have trouble to win money from poker.

Having the ability to figure out the reason why your opponent plays in a certain way is a skill all winning poker players need.

The Float Play

La técnica de flotar en el poker

The concept of "float play" refers to an advanced poker Texas Hold'em bluffing technique that extends over two betting rounds.

The play is mainly used to make opponents believe that you have a hand that is stronger than theirs through the flop and the turn betting rounds, so as to close the action and take down the pot on the turn.

The stop and go play

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The "stop and go" play is a move used in tournaments over the pre-flop and flop betting rounds. It is generally used when a player is short-stacked and tries to double-up going all-in because they have a strong hand.

In the stop and go play your hand is good enough to go all-in and instead of pushing you call an opponent's bet before the flop because you want to go all-in on the flop.

Small Ball Poker

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"Small Ball" is an advanced style of poker play invented by professional poker player Daniel Negreanu.

Probably, many poker players had used the style before but Negreanu was the one put a name to it.

What is small ball poker?

Small ball poker consists on playing a broader selection of starting hands in a more aggressive way, but just using small bets and raises in order to avoid losing too much money when specific plays don't work out as expected.